Preparation Proves Key for VRD in dominant performance at Road Atlanta in F4 US Championship.
March 29, 2021 - Star of the show was Jason Alder who brought home 2 wins and a 2nd place while team mate Nico Christodoulou bounced back from a huge crash in qualifying to bring home a 3rd place finish in race 1, followed by 2 strong points finishes to put himself in strong contention for a 2021 championship assault.
Qualifying was stopped early after Nico had a disagreement with the wall in turn 1. At this point of the session Jason was sat P1 with Nico P2. With Nico unable to continue it was onto Alder to fight for pole, he came just short qualifying P2 with Nico’s lap still good enough for P5. VRD’s other driver Nick Persing struggled without a draft to a disappointing P14 which turned out to be a weekend to forget for Persing.
The VRD team worked through the night to get Christodoulou’s car race ready for race 1. A race like the other 2 which saw spectacular wheel to wheel racing at the front. F4 US Rookie Jason Alder came out on top which was his first ever win in slicks and wings racing, followed home in 3rd was teammate Nico Christodoulou with an impressive driver from 5th to 3rd in his newley rebuilt VRD F4 machinery.
Race 2 had a similar feel to it, Alder took off from pole to an eventual commanding win for a second time of the day while Christodoulou sustained damage early on lap 1. Christodoulou proceeded to put on a defensive masterclass narrowly missing out on a top 5 finish by just 0.059’s of a second.
With everchanging weather throughout the weekend, a mid-day Sunday downpour provided a wet track for Race 3. Alder would line up 2nd on the grid with Christodoulou back in 8th. Both drivers battled hard throughout a stop and go race in tricky conditions, with both making last lap passes to finish 2nd and 4th respectively.
Newley named Team Manager Andrew Pinkerton said “It was a strong start to the 2021 F4 US Championship for the team and goes to show that the hard work put in during the offseason is paying off. I am extremely proud of the never quit effort shown by the mechanics and drivers. Four trophies and a solid points haul has put us off on the right foot, but it is no time to relax. You can be sure that the whole VRD team will be hard at work to prepare for Road America.”